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People Love Miracle Stories. Why Not Play Along?

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So why not live with the magic? Be a kid again and believe in the fantastical. Life is more fun with a little smoke and mirrors.” ― L.H. Cosway, Six of Hearts The Conclusion of a 7-Part Series – Why … Continue reading

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Seven Kinds of Magical Thinking That Even Skeptics Can’t Escape

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Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy.—Walt Disney Part 5 of a 7-Part Series – Why People Believe in Miracles and Other Kinds of Magic (Part 4 here) Magic takes us outside of reality, … Continue reading

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The Human Mind is Wired for Magical Thinking

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 “Nothing is so alien to the human mind as the idea of randomness.” —John Cohen Part 4 of a 7-Part Series – Why People Believe in Miracles and Other Kinds of Magic (Read Part 3 here.) Are you human? Then … Continue reading

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Bible Stories Fit Common Patterns of Magic and Wizardry

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Part 3 of a 7-Part Series – Why People Believe in Miracles and Other Kinds of Magic One person’s religion is another person’s magic and vice versa. — Unknown (Read Part 2 here.) The Bible is full of magic. In … Continue reading

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From Your Mouth to God’s Ear—How We Jump from Wishing to Believing

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Part 2 of a 7-Part Series – Why People Believe in Miracles and Other Kinds of Magic Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. –Arthur C. Clarke (Read Part 1 here.) Human beings have told stories about miracles and … Continue reading

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What the unborn and the undead have in common

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Religious opposition to abortion is based on a kind of magical thinking much like that in zombie stories. One freakish thing about zombies is that they look like people even though they aren’t. What does it mean to be a … Continue reading

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